Bookselling - The Business of Selling Books to the Consumer
Publishers as Booksellers and Vice Versa
Historically, trade publishers published books and booksellers sold them. But in this age of electronic publishing, the roles of publishers, booksellers--and even agents--have become more fluid.
Barnes & Noble As Book Publisher — The Book Publishing History of B&N
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, “The World’s Largest Bookstore,” also has a long history as a book publisher, and has published its own product since early its history as a chain store. From bargain books to e-books, read about the book publishing side of B&N.
A Book by Its Cover — About Book Jackets
In spite of the adage, most readers do indeed judge a book at least in part by its cover. Read about the importance of book jackets to store book buyers.
About the American Booksellers Association (ABA)
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to the support of independent booksellers nationwide.
BookExpo America - A Book Publishing-Only Conference and Expo
BookExpo America--or, BEA as it is known by book publishing insiders--is a publishing industry-only event that enables publishers and authors to showcase their wares to booksellers and to buyers of foreign and domestic book rights.
Otto Penzler: Man of Mystery
Otto Penzler's name is practically synonymous with the mystery genre of books. Proprietor of Manhattan's Mysterious Bookshop, he is also a mystery writer, a mystery editor and a mystery publisher. Read about his mysterious career.
Book Sales Departments
Publishing sales departments can be broken into three general areas: trade sales (including international), special sales and other non-bookstore markets, and subsidiary rights sales. Each has its own markets, its own distinct customer bases.
BookExpo America - Who Attends Bookseller Expo America (BEA)?
BookExpo America--or, BEA as it is known by book publishing insiders--is an international publishing industry-only event, open to publishers, booksellers, authors, media and more.
2012 BookExpo America
Couldn't make the 2012 BookExpo America? This overview (and some highlights!) of the events that took place at the 2012 BEA... Good info to read to help you plan for next year!
Regional Independent Bookseller Associations Promote Regional Bookselling
Regional independent bookseller associations support their member bookstores, regional authors, and regional books with a variety of sales, marketing and educational programs.
City Lights Bookstore: "Alternative Culture's Literary Landmark"
City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco is a landmark independent bookstore with a rich literary history. Its close connection and identification with the Beat poets has left "a legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking" that influences the title selection as well as--no doubt--City Lights customers.
Major U. S. Bricks-and-Mortar Booksellers
Bricks-and-mortar bookstores had been the main centers of commerce for the publishing industry and community hubs for book-buying public for centuries. As consumers shift away from print books, bricks-and-mortar bookstores remain important links in the book sales and book promotion chains.
The London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is an international trade show with a focus on book rights and content sales, and is one of the key international business expos for books.
BookExpo America (BEA) - Where and When Is BookExpo America Held?
Find the upcoming dates and locations for BookExpo America (BEA), the annual, publishing industry-only event.
The Frankfurt Book Fair — The World's Biggest Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is acknowledged to be the world's largest book fair, attracting a global audience of book publishing industry professionals and a total of more than a quarter of a million visitors each October. Read about the Frankfurt Book Fair's illustrious 500-year-old history and its current day iteration, a cutting-edge annual book...
The History of the Borders Group: About the Borders Group National Chain of...
The Borders Group, Inc is a publicly held bookstore chain that operates Borders superstores and Waldenbooks Specialty Retail segment stores, including Waldenbooks, Borders Express and Borders airport stores. After three distinct bookstore chains were acquired, then spun off, by Kmart, the Borders Group grew to be the second-largest...
Amazon.com Online Retailer — On the Forefront of Bookselling and Publishing
Online retail giant was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as a brilliant idea — make millions of books browse-able and easily available to consumers. Since then, even as Amazon.com has expanded its product line way beyond books, the company has been on the forefront of bookselling and book publishing technologies and developments.
Len Riggio, Founder of Barnes & Noble
Leonard Riggio is the founder of the Barnes & Noble, Inc. Riggio’s roots in bookselling date back to his job as a bookstore clerk in college, just before he opened his first bookstore in 1965. Read about his history with books and how he's been on the forefront of bookselling innovation — and revolution — ever since.
Amazon.com's Bookselling and Book Publishing Milestones
Today retail giant Amazon.com offers millions of different products. But the company founded by Jeff Bezos began with books. Look at the milestones in Amazon.com's history as it relates to all things book.
New York City Bookstores - Manhattan Bookstores
For hard-core booklovers, there's nothing like browsing in a bookstore.For book-loving visitors and New York City natives alike, here's a select list of Manhattan bookstores.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers — "The World's Largest Bookstore"
Discounting, proprietary book publishing, superstore development, e-tailing — since its seeds in the first bookstore opened by Len Riggio, Barnes & Noble has stayed on the cutting edge of bookselling innovations. Read the profile of Barnes & Noble, "The World's Largest Bookstore."
Opening A Bookstore
For many booklovers, opening a bookstore seems to be their dream career. Independent booksellers enjoy being a community hub, and take pride in the fact they're encouraging reading in both adults and children. Of course, the realities of starting a bookstore are complicated. If you’re considering buying or starting a bookstore, read some basics...
The Mysterious Bookshop: Award-winning NYC Mystery Bookstore
For over 30 years, the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and its proprietor, Otto Penzler, have been venerated and award-winning mystery book institutions.
R. J. Julia Independent Booksellers
As one of the largest independent booksellers in the Northeast — and one of the most admired in the country — R. J. Julia is a community hub, a place where the staff is passionate about reading and about placing the right book in the hands of a reader.
Books-A-Million Bookseller Chain - BAM! is the Second Largest U.S. Book Retailer
Bookstore chain Books-A-Million was founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama. Since then BAM, as it's frequently referred to in the trade, has grown to become a premier book retailing chain, one of the largest book retailers in the nation.
Google's eBookstore - Books from a "Cloud"
The Google ebookstore partners with bricks and mortar bookstores to give those booksellers the ability to offer their customers an ebook-buying option with broad choices.
NOOK Press is an ebook self-publishing platform from the Barnes & Noble NOOK Media subsidiary, and represents one of the book retail giant's strategic forays into the self-publishing and digital arenas
eBook Sellers — Where to Sell Your eBooks Online
eBook sellers are the channels that bring ebooks to the reader. Read about the major ebook sellers and some speciality ebook retailers.
Kobo Writing Life - Ebook Self-Publishing Platform
If you are self-publishing an ebook, there are a number of reasons why you might consider selling your work through Kobo Writing Life. Read more about Kobo ebook seller.
New Author FAQs: Book Sales
Big bookstores, little bookstore, libraries — even Costco and Target. Read about how book sales reps sell books.
9 Tips For Author Readings and Book Signings
Book readings and signings are critical events that help drive readers into stores or to book fairs. Read these tips on how to make author events successful.
Book Festival Programming — How Authors Are Chosen for Book Fairs
Book festivals and book fairs can be great way for authors to promote their books — but how are they chosen? Read the behind-the-scenes programming strategy for the Miami Book Fair International from Author Liaison Paola Fernandez-Rana and learn about how authors and books are chosen to be featured at the prestigious — and beloved — community...